HIV is a deadly disease, but often, people don’t realise that they have HIV until it’s too late. Recent studies show that 40% to 90% people who have HIV, only show flu-like symptoms, while there are many others who don’t even show any recognizable symptom for several years or even decades.
That is why it’s important to get tested for HIV at regular intervals. But how can you tell yourself if you may have HIV? The following list provides the most common signs that indicate a person maybe HIV positive.
- Dry Cough
HIV, as stated earlier can present flu-like symptoms. Many people often ignore a dry cough, assuming it to be a sort of allergy. But in reality, it may be an indication that you are HIV positive.
- Skin Rash
For some people, skin rashes are quite common. But if you are one of those people who get rashes rarely, and they have started growing all of a sudden, you should probably visit a doctor as soon as possible.
- Tired all the time
You are probably wondering how getting tired has a correlation with HIV. The truth is fatigue is the most common symptom of HIV! So if you have been feeling extremely exhausted lately even though your workload hasn’t changed, we would advise you to go to a doctor immediately.
30% to 60% people, infected with HIV, experience diarrhea and related symptoms such as vomiting and nausea. This also reduces your appetite and in turn, your weight. This can be a strong indication that someone has HIV infection.
Constantly experiencing fever for a long period of time without any particular underlying cause, is often a symptom of HIV. It can also cause sore throats, pain in joints and weaken them.
- Candida Yeast
Candida Yeast is a common fungus which is responsible for causing infections in women. They make swallowing difficult, as they mostly occur in the mouth. Visit a doctor if you experience anything similar.
- Night Sweats
These usually occur at the beginning of the HIV infection. If you start sweating profusely at night, even though you aren’t sick or there hasn’t been any significant change in room temperature, you should test for HIV immediately. Chances are you are still in the early stages so medication will work much better.